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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Lips and Eyes
By Thomas Middleton (1580–1627)
LOVE 1 for such a cherry lip
  Would be glad to pawn his arrows;
Venus here to take a sip
  Would sell her doves and team of sparrows.
    But they shall not so;        5
      Hey nonny, nonny no!
    None but I this lip must owe; 2
      Hey nonny, nonny no!
Did Jove see this wanton eye,
  Ganymede must wait 3 no longer;        10
Phœbe here one night did lie, 4
  Would change her face and look much younger.
    But they shall not so;
      Hey nonny, nonny no!
    None but I this lip must owe;        15
      Hey nonny, nonny no!
Note 1. From Blurt, Master Constable, 1602. [back]
Note 2. Owe: own. [back]
Note 3. Wait: attend as cup-bearer. [back]
Note 4. Phœbe here one night did lie: i.e., should Phœbe lie here one night. [back]

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